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The Blues skipper, who hit the headlines again on Friday after the FA stripped him of the England captaincy, remains out of action with a knee problem and will not play on Sunday

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed club captain John Terry will not feature in Sunday’s match against Manchester United.

The 31-year-old hit the headlines again on Friday as the FA announced their decision to strip him of the England captaincy with the centre-back due to stand trial nine days after Euro 2012 for racial abuse allegations.

The defender has strenuously denied the charge and entered a plea of not guilty but the Football Association chose to act now to avoid unnecessary speculation in the build up to the European Championships in June.

Terry missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City with a knee problem and is still struggling to maintain full fitness for this weekend’s clash with the Premier League champions.

Chelsea’s official Twitter account posted: “AVB [Andre Villas-Boas] rules Terry out of Sunday's game due to his knee injury. His replacement is not yet decided.”